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Call for Stage Managers for New Ideas Festival 2016

So you know about the New Ideas Festival, right? A longtime highlight of Alumnae Theatre Company’s season, the 2016 Festival (running March 9-27) is the 28th annual! Each year, the Festival producers solicit submissions of short plays which have never before been staged – hence the name “New Ideas”. They can be any genre or style, and submissions come from all over the world. Scripts generally range from 10-40 minutes running time, and only 15 plays are selected. See December 4 blog post for this season’s lineup.


Would you like to get involved in New Ideas Festival and join the fun this year? NIF needs stage managers for many of the 15 short plays. We will provide training if you don’t have experience. Rehearsals start February 1.

Important dates:
• Thurs., Jan. 21:  Production meeting & stage manager orientation 7–9 pm
• Tues., Jan. 26: Special workshop for stage managers
• Mon., Feb. 1:  Rehearsals begin
• Wed., Feb. 17: Production meeting and lighting demo 7–9 pm
• Thurs., Feb. 25 – Sat., March 6: Tech days by week
• Wed., March 9 – Sun., March 27: New Ideas Festival performances.
Each show runs one week (6 performances), and the readings have one performance each at noon on the three festival Saturdays.
If you are interested in stage managing a play in the New Ideas Festival, please email newideasfestival@gmail.com and put Stage Manager in the subject line.

This is a non-union, non-paying engagement.

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Announcing lineup for New Ideas Festival 2016

Last week’s post was the audition notice – auditions for New Ideas Festival 2016 take place January 6-10. Where do the plays come from? 250 scripts were submitted to the Festival this year, and from this, the 15 below were selected. These are the short plays that actors will be auditioning for. [Names in bold are members of Alumnae Theatre Company]  New Ideas 2016 image

Week 1  (March 9-13, 2016)

Stuck by Stacey Iseman, directed by Kelsey Laine Jacobson

Prayers to St. George by Andrew Lee, directed by Meg Moran

The Council by Deanna Kruger, directed by Claren Grosz

This Will Be My Last Transmission by Natalie Frijia, directed by Zita Nyarady

Reading (Sat March 12 at noon)

A Better Place by Ramona Baillie, directed by Chelsea Dab Hilke


Week 2  (March 15-20, 2016)

Housekeeping by Jean Koppen, directed by Ingryd Pleitez

Pose Ball by Caitie Graham, directed by Emily Nixon

War and Peace: A Family Story by Krystyna Hunt, directed by Rebecca Grace

Yeats in Love by Anne Tait, directed by Jane Carnwath

Reading   (Sat March 19 at noon)

Curved by Kristen Shepherd, directed by Rebecca Ballarin


Week 3  (March 23-27, 2016)

Provenance by Linda McCready, directed by Pam Redfern

Trying by Norma Crawford, directed by Juliet Paperny

Sick Kids Wanna Talk to You by Carolyn Bennett, directed by Jennifer McKinley

Four Hours by Joan Burrows, directed by Helen Munroe

Reading   (Sat March 26 at noon)

Omission by Alice Abracen, directed by Michela Sisti


The 250 scripts received were almost an even split between writers from Canada and international writers (mostly from USA; a few from UK and Ireland).

The chosen playwrights hail from Ontario – Toronto, Hamilton (Andrew Lee), London (Deanna Kruger), North Bay (Kristen Shepherd) and Quebec – Montreal (Alice Abracen); and the USA is represented by Jean Koppen from Alexandria, Virginia.

Once the reading committee had chosen the scripts, New Ideas Festival held its Creative Exchange on November 14, to match up writers and directors. The Creative Exchange is a bit like speed dating:  each applicant to direct meets for 10 minutes with each of the writers, after which both writers and directors submit their top three choices to the NIF producers. After some juggling, the producers match up the NIF creative teams, and schedule the weekly program of plays for the Festival.

So polish up that monologue, and book your audition!

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New Ideas Festival 2015 lineup, etc.

Auditions for the 2015 New Ideas Festival take place January 7-11. To book a slot, please see the instructions at http://www.alumnaetheatre.com/auditions.html

To brush up on audition tips, it couldn’t hurt to read this post from 2013 –https://alumnaetheatre.wordpress.com/2013/01/07/tips-for-actors-from-now-completed-new-ideas-festival-2013-general-auditions/

New Ideas 2015 imageAnd now – the lineup for the 2015 Festival.   Plays and writers and directors, oh, my!   The names in bold font are members of Alumnae Theatre Company.

 Week 1 – March 11 – 15, 2015

Inheritance by Tabitha Keast, directed by Matthew Hines

The Indigo Forest by Bridget Erin, directed by Sandra Banman

Lost Connection by Lindsay Finnie, directed by Zita Nyarady

Devices by Meredith Taylor-Parry, directed by Ingryd Pleitez

Saturday Reading: Surrender Dorothy by Liz Best, directed by Eric Benson.


Week 2 – March 18 – 22, 2015

(En)Lightning by Catherine Frid, directed by Sandra Burley

Canis familiaris by Carolyn Bennett, directed by Brenda Darling

Sandworms! by D.J. Sylvis, directed by Stacy Halloran

You Can Ask Me How I’m Doing by Norman Yeung, directed by Meg Moran

Saturday Reading: Buy My House by Natalie Frijia, directed by Emily Nixon.


Week 3 – March 25 – 29, 2015

Rowing, Onward by Eugenie Carabatsos, directed by Anne MacMillan

Grief Circus by Crystal Wood, directed by Kelsey Laine Jacobson

A Death and the Marias by Rose Napoli, directed by Clara McBride

Friends with Benefits by Neil Naft, directed by Donald Molnar

Saturday Reading: The Creases in My Sari by Sindhuri Nandhakumar, directed by Joanne Williams.


New Ideas Festival Co-Artistic Director Carolyn Zapf reported that a total of 375 script submissions were received this year – 105 from Canada and 270 from the rest of the world. Most of the international scripts were from writers in the U.S., but we also received scripts from the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, New Zealand, Australia, Mexico, Argentina, Bulgaria, and Iran.

Carolyn believes that the “huge increase” in scripts received this year is partly because the submission fee was eliminated (originally free since the Festival’s inception in 1988, $10 per script had been charged for submissions to NIF 2012, 2013 and 2014). There is a movement among playwrights, especially in the United States, to boycott festivals with script submission fees.  Many more Canadian scripts than usual were received this year, which she attributes to some targeted invitations and the article about NIF in the Playwrights Guild of Canada e-journal.

Two of the 15 selected scripts are by U.S. writers: The Indigo Forest by Bridget Erin (Louisiana) and Rowing, Onward by Eugenie Carabatsos (New York).  Of the 13 selected Canadian scripts, all are by writers from Toronto & environs, except Devices by Meredith Taylor-Parry, who is from Calgary.

Three scripts are written by members of Alumnae Theatre Company – note that all submissions are read blind:  Inheritance by Tabitha Keast and Surrender Dorothy by Liz Best in Week 1, and (En)Lightning by Catherine Frid in Week 2.  Catherine is a 3-time NIF veteran; Tabitha and Liz are experienced actors, but these are the first plays they have written. Congrats, ladies!


In addition to Catherine Frid (Buff – 2010, Over the Edge – 2013; Burying Toni – FireWorks 2014), several other writers from prior years also have plays in NIF 2015:

Norman Yeung (see Week 2) – his play Theory was workshopped in NIF in 2010, expanded and remounted later that year in the SummerWorks Festival, and then staged as part of Alumnae Theatre Company’s first FireWorks festival in 2013.

D.J. Sylvis (see Week 2) – three previous NIF plays:  Godzilla on Sundays (2008), Chance (2009), and Act I of An Inked Heart (2010).

Eugenie Carabatsos (see Week 3) – two previous NIF plays:  In Their Glory (2012), Stalled (2013).


Returning directors are Sandra Banman, Eric Benson, Sandra Burley, Brenda Darling, Stacy Halloran, Anne MacMillan, and Joanne Williams.


New Ideas Festival runs March 11 – 29. Tickets ($15 each week; readings extra) or passes ($40 for everything) can be purchased online at http://www.alumnaetheatre.com/tickets.html


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Gay Play Day seeks script for inaugural festival

Passing on a notice that came via Alumnae Theatre’s Twitter account.  (You can follow us at @alumnaetheatre)

Gay Play Day is a festival of short plays by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered playwrights, about the LGBT experience.   It will run in Toronto on September 29 & 30th, 2012  (Venue TBA).  Submission deadline is June 25th.


  • Call for submissions…
    Gay Play Day is now accepting submissions from playwrights and/or directors for the inaugural Gay Play Day festival which will take place at a downtown Toronto venue on September 29 & 30th, 2012.

    Submission Guidelines –
    • Each playwright and/or director may submit only one script.
    • GPD only accepts electronic submissions in Word format.
    • GPD is looking for short plays that run less than 15 minutes. Less is fine, longer is not. Ten minutes would be ideal.
    • The title page should include the playwright’s name, the character list and a brief synopsis of the play.
    • The title page must also include the company’s contact name (if different from playwright), address, phone number and email address.
    • Plays should contain no more than 4 characters.
    • Set and technical requirements should be fairly simple – ie:  basically lights up and lights down. Your set should also be minimal – a table and two chairs, for example. Nothing is even better!
    • Musicals, children’s shows, and any unsolicited longer one-act or full-length plays are not accepted and will not receive a response.
    • If selected, each company is responsible to cast and rehearse their own play.
    •  A tech person will be provided by Gay Play Day for the tech rehearsal and performances.
    •Companies are not offered any financial compensation for their involvement, however the festival is a great format to showcase your creative talents.
    •A cash prize will be awarded to the play that wins the audience favourite award.

    Gay Play Day is not associated with the Canadian Actors’ Equity Association.

    Please send script submissions to gayplayday@gmail.com

  • The deadline for submissions is June 25th at midnight.
  • Applicants will be notified of inclusion in the festival by July 10th, 2012.


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Theatre Passe Muraille seeks submissions – June 15 deadline

Well, writer/creators, here’s yet another last-minute notification of submission deadlines.  This one comes courtesy of Theatre Passe Muraille’s Associate Artistic Producer Rob Kempson, and the deadline is – yep – Friday June 15.

TPM Pitch Blitz Call for Submissions

Theatre Passe Muraille would like to invite artists of all disciplines and backgrounds to come and make a pitch to Artistic Director Andy McKim. Releasing the bounds of a formal audition, the TPM Pitch Blitz is an opportunity for artists to introduce themselves to Theatre Passe Muraille in whatever way best represents them. The TPM Pitch Blitz gives artists five minutes to showcase themselves or present their project. Pitch an idea, pitch a show, pitch yourself! We’re on the lookout for exciting new artists to work with and remarkable artistic projects to facilitate. It’s a great way to introduce yourself to the TPM family and tell them what you’re all about.

Be sure to think outside the box—we are most interested in seeing artists who have something to say beyond “please produce my show”.

Our next TPM Pitch Blitz will be held on June 20th and 21st, from 10am-3pm. There are NO other available dates. Please submit only if you are available on those days.

All submissions are due on June 15th. We thank everyone for their submissions, but only the successful applicants will be notified.

Theatre Passe Muraille

16 Ryerson Avenue

Toronto, ON  M5T 2P3

416.504.8988, ext. 2144


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